Posted by Heidi Kelley

25 May, 2013 - ,

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boysAREbeautiful It’s my final week here with you all, and I have enjoyed myself immensely!I decided to finish out my guest spot with a bit of baby beautiful. So often I hear that we shouldn’t call boys beautiful, but I don’t believe it at all. Images after images of my sons simply take my breath away and honestly, the word beautiful is the only thing I can utter.

I wanted to keep this layout fairly simple, so I began with the photo, adhering it to the very right side of the page. I then cut squares from the “Vintage Spring Basics – Days to Remember” paper. I stacked and layered these around my photo, using both the calendar days and the backsides as well for color addition.

boysAREbeautiful1I then placed some rub-ons on the photo, and in places where they would appear to be leaving the page on the top and bottom of my layout. Shimmerz paint came next, I simply squirted into corners of my cluster. The next step was to cut about a bazillion butterflies (okay, maybe a slight exaggeration) from the “Vintage Spring Basics – 8th of March and Days to Remember” papers. I attached these with liquid adhesive, randomly, all over the project.

boysAREbeautiful2 Finally, I tucked bits of lace into my elements and added a few metal bits from Prima to add a bit more grungy balance. My titlework almost always comes last, and it did here too, no big letters, just my writing saying that “sometimes boys ARE beautiful.”

There’s no doubt about it.

Supplies Used: “Vintage Spring Basics: 6th of March,8th of March, Days to Remember”, Prima Junkyard Findings, Shimmerz Coloringz, Petaloo Lace, Maya Road rub-ons, Beacon adhesive

Thank you all so much for your sweet words and for having me play along with you this month, it has truly been an honor! I hope that you found something amongst my work that inspires you, and look forward to bumping into you all around the scrapbook world!


The Lifeguard.


Posted by Heidi Kelley

18 May, 2013 - ,

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LifeguardHi everyone, this is Heidi again, here to share my next project as Guest Designer with you. I have been so inspired by the papers and I don’t know whether it was the products or the mood board that inspired me the most, but I could not stay away from the red, white, and blues!  This photo of my oldest son was taken two years ago, and I have been holding onto it for that perfect paper to showcase it. When my box arrived, I knew immediately that the time had come because the “Life By the Sea” papers were perfect. I began by building some box layers on the background paper “The East Coast”. To do this, I cut out rectangles from “Marina Hovering” in several different sizes and arranged them underneath the photo. Once I knew where they were going, I tore strips of masking tape and adhered everything to the background. I then used some black ink and lightly stamped onto these layers. Then I doodled with a black pen around the edges of these rectangles to frame them a bit.Lifeguard2Next I attached my photos, for both I used my silhouette, dimensional, technique, of cutting out one of the images and mounting it onto the same image to make it appear as if my photo subject was coming off the page. I then tore strips from the “A Day At Sea” paper, creating waves to the left side of my page. I topped this with alcohol ink and some cut out images from the “Islands and Skerries” paper.

Lifeguard1To finish my project off, I added my title work, flicks of Shimmerz paint, more alcohol ink, knotted sewing thread, and metal junkyard findings from Prima. To highlight my central photo just a tad more, I used craft wire to circle my son’s image.

Lifeguard3And… for a little bit of humor, and because I can never seem to keep all my journaling and titlework in the same place, in the upper right side of my layout I added one last word.

Supplies Used:

Life By the Sea “The East Coast, Marina Hovering, A Day at the Sea, Islands and Skerries”, Prima Junkyard Findings, Shimmerz Coloringz, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Thread, Craft Wire, Masking Tape, Gesso, Prima Stamps, StazOn Ink.

Until next week!




Posted by Heidi Kelley

11 May, 2013 - ,

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Hi everyone! Heidi here again, bringing you a whole lot of messy scrappin’ today. I really got my hands dirty for this one, throwing all kinds of paint and ink at it!
I prepared to create my project by smearing gesso on top of the “In My Flower Bed” paper, which I used for my background. I then cut a rectangle, as well as two strips from “Summer Kitchen”, adhering the large rectangle to the left center of the page. I then tucked the strips underneath the sides of this rectangle, and one small rectangle at the top right of the page.

Then, using “Summer Poem,” I cut out part of the fence, as well as cutting alongide some of the flowers on the fence so that I could tuck my photo in once I placed it upon the page.

Swingin'4Using dimensional dots, I attached the fence to the rectangle. I then, ripped strips of masking tape, randomly attaching on top of the clusters, then smeared it all (with the exception of the fence) with a bit more gesso.

After fussy cutting out my photo, I used dimensional dots again to attach it to the fence, also tucking it into the flowers on the left side, to make it appear right in the scene that I was hoping to create.

I then stamped with an alphabet stamp in random places within the clusters, and dripped a red alcohol ink around the clusters. I then attached my photo, added flowers to the clusters, dripped a brownish alcohol ink around clusters, and spritzed some pink Shimmerz mist on top of all of it once the other ink was dry.
Swingin'1I then cut ovals out of the “Summer Kitchen” paper, tucking them into my clusters, as well as little pennant banners that I cut from the border of the “Summer Poem” paper.
Swingin'3After all of the art mediums were dried, I flicked more dark blue paint mist in and around the clusters, and dabbed on Texturez paint onto the oval embellishments and in the clusters as well.
Swingin'2To finish the layout off, I added my journaling, a few resin pieces, dripped a bit more contrasting paint everywhere in pale blue, and added grid lines with a paint brush.

Supplies Used:
Life in the Country “Summer Poem, In My Flower Bed, Summer Kitchen”
Prima flowers
Prima Cling Stamp 559427
Prima Shabby Chic Treasures 890742
Shimmerz Spritz “Cotton Candy” Coloringz “Anchors Away” Texturez “Crushed Coral
Ranger Alcohol Ink “Sail Boat Blue, Red Pepper, and Mushroom”
Ranger Enamel Accents “Black”
StazOn ink “Black”
Golden Gesso
Masking Tape
Beacon 527 Liquid Adhesive

Still Unwritten


Posted by Heidi Kelley

4 May, 2013 - ,

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Hi creative friends! This is Heidi Kelley, and I am beyond delighted to be the guest designer for Maja Design this month. I admit to being totally overwhelmed when my box of papers arrived because I had a zillion ideas right away and had the hardest time deciding on which papers to use. In the end, no one collection won out! I found myself creating four different layouts, all at once… and the only reason this is my first layout for the month of May, is that it was finished first!

I thought I would share a bit of my process with all of you today, created using Vintage Summer Basics, to give you a glimpse into how I create my projects. First I work with all my papers, cutting out all my frames, journaling spots, details, embellishments, etc., so I began by cutting journaling frames from the Vintage Summer Basics Minnen-memories paper. I then cut slightly inside one of the frames, so that I could place my photo “inside” and pop her out to make it look dimensional.URStillUnwritten1 URStillUnwritten2Then, using Vintage Summer Basics 1905 I cut out some panels that I wanted to look like bricks within my page and flowers from Vintage Summer Basics 1921 to tuck underneath my other elements, as well as using masking tape tears for layers in between. I then cut out a flower detail from Vintage Summer Basics 1923 to create a crown for my daughter’s head.URStillUnwritten3Next comes gesso, if I haven’t already smeared all along the page. For this project, I really wanted to highlight my clusters, so I waited until I had glued these elements down and knew where they were going and used an old credit card to apply the medium.URStillUnwritten4I then applied scrap rub-ons, into her hair, and around the clusters and added Prima flowers, metal bits and pieces, butterflies, and craft wire in circles to the page.URStillUnwritten_2My final touches are always drips, smears, and flicks of paint. So after all these things were added, I dripped on metallic alcohol ink and Shimmerz paint. Letting these dry first, I then applied some Shimmerz Texturez paint around the clusters and edges of the page, finishing the project off with my title work and some dark splotches of paint mist for added oomph.URStillUnwritten_1URStillUnwritten_3URStillUnwritten

Supplies Used: Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics “Minnen-memories, 1921, 1905, 1923”, Prima flowers and Junkyard Findings, Shimmerz Paints, Ranger alcohol ink, gesso, craft wire, misc. rub-ons.

Thank you all for having me! See you next week!Heidi-blogsign